Pamela Anderson has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in jail on Tuesday (07May19).
The Australian publisher is being held in England’s high-security Belmarsh Prison after he was sentenced to 50 weeks incarceration for a bail violation after he breached his bail to take up an offer of asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 while facing extradition to Sweden to face rape charges.
Speaking to reporters after becoming the first person to visit Julian in prison, Pamela said the trip had been “shocking” and “difficult” and added: “He does not deserve to be in a supermax (maximum security) prison. He has never committed a violent act. He is an innocent person. He is a good man, he is an incredible person. I love him, I can’t imagine what he has been going through.”
She also said Julian felt “cut off” as he had been denied access to any outside information and had been unable to speak to his children, and pleaded for fans to show their support by writing to him. Pamela went on to say that she felt “sick” and “nauseous” after visiting him.
For the visit the actress dressed in a blanket style cape bearing words promoting free speech, which cited revolutionary British leader Oliver Cromwell.
Pamela was joined by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson for the visit. The Baywatch star is a longtime supporter of Assange and met the controversial former fugitive several times during his self-imposed exile in Ecuador’s London embassy, which lasted for nearly seven years until his arrest there last month. The 51-year-old was once rumoured to be romantically involved with Julian, but is dating French soccer star Adil Rami.
Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape and sexual assault investigations into Julian in May 2017, citing their inability to interview him as required by their laws, as he was holed up in the embassy. However, in addition to being sentenced for the bail breach, he is now fighting extradition to the U.S. on charges relating to his role in publishing secret American documents.